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The annual Azalea Festival in Muskogee celebrates the blooming of azaleas, tulips, dogwoods and wisteria as these buds begin to unfurl during the warmer temperatures of spring to the delight of visitors.

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Who said you have to wait until summer to have a little fun? Spring’s welcome arrival and Muskogee activities—including the Azalea Festival—have a way of making everything look just a little bit brighter.

From a Mountain in the Middle of Tulsa | 8 Crowded with roots and rocks, blessed with views of the Arkansas River, and basically untouched by humanity in general, Turkey Mountain is a treasure worth discovering this spring.

4 Really Bad Golf Tips | 10 Don’t believe every golf tip you hear, including these four misconceptions.

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Have the Thai of Your Life | 28 Keo elevates traditional dishes and adds modern elements with authentic flavors that are brighter and bolder than ever.

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Hoedown Throwdown | 39 Legends boasts stiff drinks, personality-heavy bartenders, live music, and yes, bull riding.

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have a little fun? Spring’s welcome arrival and Muskogee activities— including the Azalea Festival—have a way of making everything look just a little bit brighter.

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he annual Azalea Festival in Muskogee celebrates the blooming of azaleas, tulips, dogwoods and wisteria as these buds begin to unfurl during the warmer temperatures of spring to the delight of visitors. Enjoy a drive along paved roadways that wind around the blooming flowers, walkways perfect for runners or birders, five lakes, a variety of picturesque ponds, a butterfly sanctuary and a tree arboretum. Enjoy the blooms at Honor Heights Park and then head into downtown Muskogee for events that take place throughout the city.

Drawing record crowds, the festival not only highlights the beauty of nature in spring, but also plays host to a parade, a variety of food vendors, carriage rides through the blooms and more. Every year, the festival attracts over 300,000 visitors to Honor Heights Park, one of the oldest and most celebrated public parks in the Southwest. The 122-acre park features spectacular color throughout 40 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, highlighting over 30,000 azaleas as they flourish in 625 varieties providing an unforgettable impression to last a lifetime and a perfect backdrop for family photos. The annual Azalea Festival Parade features everything from floats, antique cars, clowns and pageant queens, to horseback riders and cyclists. In recent years, this much-loved festival has expanded to include an Azalea Ball, chili cook-off, classic car shows, quilt exhibits, arts and craft displays, and plenty of live entertainment. If you want more of the great outdoors, Muskogee Parks and Recreation has the activities for you. Participate in the Muskogee Run at Honor Heights Park on April 12 or the Flower Power Bicycle Ride at Three Forks Harbor on April 26. On April 19, the park will welcome visitors for Party in the Park, a tasting of Oklahoma food and wine in a breathtaking setting. Thousands of tulips will be in bloom surrounding the event, which will be set up on a lawn under tents. While you’re in Muskogee explore the exceptional museums. Stroll through the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in April for the Art Under the Oaks Show and Sale presenting exhibits of basketry, beading, cabin crafts, knapping, textiles and more. Tour the U.S.S. Batfish submarine that was launched in 1943 and was one of the most highly decorated submarines in World War II. Visit the Three Rivers Museum for history on the Muskogee area, including an outdoor exhibit of an antique 1940s switch engine. Walk through the Thomas-Foreman Historic Home and learn about the five fascinating people that lived there. Enjoy the Ataloa Lodge Museum that presents collections of traditional and contemporary Native American art. And finally, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a celebration of musicians who have contributed to Oklahoma’s rich musical heritage.


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On April 19, the Muskogee Farmers Market will celebrate opening day, featuring Oklahoma-grown fresh produce, plants, herbs, flowers and bakery goods. The market will then be open on Saturdays and Wednesdays on the lawn of the Muskogee Civic Center.

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You can bring your children to Touch-A-Truck on April 26. The Muskogee Public Library is presenting this opportunity for kids to crawl on and around different stationary vehicles at Davis Field. Don’t miss this chance to pretend to drive a tractor, helicopter, dump truck and many more.

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Muskogee Little Theatre will present Young Frankenstein in the intimate 150-seat theater. With such memorable tunes such as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment. Performances will run April 4-12. Curtain is 8 p.m. except for a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday afternoon.


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Crowded with roots and rocks, blessed with views of the Arkansas River, and basically untouched by humanity in general, Turkey Mountain is a treasure worth discovering this spring. By Taylor Sides

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What is one of Tulsa’s best kept secrets? Here’s a hint: One can’t possibly miss it.

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urkey Mountain, hidden in plain sight, in a state known for its sweeping plains, lack of trees, and, of course, copious amounts of red dirt, is a true Oklahoma treasure. The good thing about treasure, aside from its value, is that it’s meant to be found. Many a nature-minded Tulsan has discovered the true value that Turkey Mountain has to offer, and each and every one of them find themselves atop its steep hillsides time and time again. The Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area covers a 300-acre expanse of undeveloped land that stretches from Interstate 44 to 71st Street right here in the heart of T-Town, only 7 short miles from the downtown cityscape. With four marked trails between 0.8 and 5.7 miles in length and an additional 25 miles of unmarked trails, the area is ideal for running or cycling. Managed by the Tulsa River Parks Authority, the park is open to the public from dawn until dusk, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For the brave night rider, evening bike rides are occasionally organized by local bicycle shops.

join them Sunday at 7:30 a.m. or Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The motto of The TATUR is that no one gets left behind. There is no sign up sheet and no fee for membership. The only requirement is a mutual love for nature and, of course, for running. For those planning to visit Turkey Mountain for the first time, fair warning: it’s not the hub of activity one may think. Rather, it’s the exact opposite. It is a place of peace and serenity. Runners and cyclists can run or ride for miles at a time without crossing paths with one another. The mountain, in all its natural glory, is laden with thick vegetation, roots, rocks, ponds, and gullies. The dense and lush woods are truly a sight to behold. Perhaps even more incredible to witness is the view from the 804-foot summit, high above the Arkansas River, overlooking our city and uniting urban and environmental lifestyles in perfect harmony … if only for a moment.

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But in golf, like in the stock market, you ought to really think about what you are being told before deciding whether it’s worth applying. If you believe everything you hear, you can get in trouble, which can take a frustratingly long time to recover from. With that in mind, let’s discuss four serious golf misconceptions often foisted on those trying to learn the game by those with the best of intentions.

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Keep Your Eye On The Ball

This phrase is frequently offered as the universal solution to all mishits. Too many golfers take this nugget to mean that at no point during the swing should their head be anywhere but fixed on the ball. This in fact creates too inflexible a position, restricting the overall movement of the swing.

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try this instead... Here’s a drill you can use to determine how much flexibility you do or don’t require from your front arm. Grasp your 6-iron with both hands and get into your usual stance. While focusing on rotating with the large muscles of your back and shoulders, start the takeaway as you normally would. As your front shoulder begins to move under your chin, keep your front arm straight. At some point you may start to experience strain or pressure in that arm. That’s your flex point at which you should allow a slight bend in the arm to preserve a smooth overall movement. Try this drill with several different clubs, in particular your woods, and see whether your flex point is the same throughout your bag. If you never feel tension on the way back, you’re flexible enough that you don’t need to bend that front arm. Keep in mind that everyone is different, so don’t try to model your flex point after another golfer’s. Adapt your swing to you.

Instead, imagine your head as the axis around which the overall swing revolves. Keeping your eye on the ball allows you a logical focal point, but doesn’t mean your head must not move. On the contrary, it should move steadily with the rotating of the shoulders and trunk, like a wheel and axle turning together.

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The problem with this advice isn’t that it’s inaccurate, but that people take it too far, inhibiting their swings instead of facilitating them. At address, your front arm (left arm for right-handed players) should indeed be straight. However, too many golfers brace their arms much too tightly, tensing up as though that arm is a two-by-four instead of a dynamic limb. When any part of the body becomes too tense at address, the twofold result will be poor mechanics and compromised rhythm. A good golf swing is like a finely tuned machine whose parts work with precision but also with fluidity. Tension will always override good technique, so to avoid a failed swing it’s important you understand the difference between keeping your front arm straight and keeping it rigid. Observe players like Davis Love III or Fred Couples and you’ll see that as they bring the club back and up, their front arms bend slightly. Watch any number of amateurs on the range and you’ll see a swing version that looks something like a wooden toy soldier trying to swing a golf club. This is because they’re keeping every body part too stiff.


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bend your knees Again, this standard-issue gem contains a small misnomer that can have serious ramifications. First, let’s talk about where the power in your swing comes from—your body turn. By rotating backward, you’re coiling your body and storing energy to be released in the swing. Unfortunately, a number of players focus too much on an exaggerated “bending” of the

knees rather than appropriate flexion, and as a result they get themselves off balance and out of good posture, ruining the chance for a proper swing before they’ve even lifted the club. At address, you shouldn’t be slack but in a relaxed athletic position. Your weight should be over the balls of your feet, which in turn should cause your

knees to flex. They should feel engaged—not loose but not tense. A good indication that you are getting into proper position is the lack of pressure you will feel in your thighs. Once you are in this position, you are ready to make a free and comfortable body turn, freeing up your power source and allowing you to take maximum advantage.

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To help find your correct posture, stand parallel to a randomly selected target line and then move your left knee toward your right knee (for a right-handed golfer) without moving the position of your feet. Finally, rotate your right knee back toward your left, transferring your weight back to your left side—that is, in the direction of the flow of power you need to create. Repeat these motions over and over again with a relaxed rhythm in mind, always remembering to keep your knees flexed. This will enable you to turn properly, which maximizes the power in your swing.

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never up, never in

This misguided cliché makes its way around putting greens everywhere, causing golfers to punch their putts well past the hole and then celebrate the fact that they didn’t come up short. If you happen to be facing a putt for a big skin or a green jacket, then don’t leave it short. But you shouldn’t approach putts from the standpoint of missing long either.

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Watching the ball drop over the front rim of the cup is just as satisfying as watching it thud off the back of it. In other words, you should be practicing your putting with the intention of getting the ball into the hole, not hitting it hard enough to make sure you miss long.

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You must approach the act of putting with the intent of success rather than a sense of risk avoidance. When you practice, your aim is to develop a feel for distance and velocity from different angles and lengths. At every spot on the green, your goal should be to get that ball going in the direction of the hole. Next time you’re on the putting green, think of leading the ball into the hole with your putterhead rather than hitting or striking the ball. Imagine the motion of tossing the ball toward the hole with your hands and imitating that motion with your club. Once those mental thoughts are secure, take no fewer than 20 1-foot putts, then 15 2-foot putts, followed by 12 3-foot putts, 10 4-foot putts and finally half a dozen 5-footers. Outside of 5 to 6 feet, putting percentage declines significantly (even for the pros), so spend most of your time on these short distances until you feel the putter leading the ball smoothly and easily instead of jabbing at it. Then move on to some longer distances and back again—and again. Eventually those putts will start to drop with such frequency you’ll surprise yourself and everyone else.

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Azalea Festival Honor Heights Park (Muskogee)

The annual Azalea Festival celebrates the blooming of azaleas, tulips, dogwoods and wisteria as these buds begin to unfurl during the warmer temperatures of spring to the delight of visitors. Enjoy a drive along paved roadways that wind around the blooming flowers, walkways perfect for runners or birders, five lakes, a variety of picturesque ponds, a butterfly sanctuary and a tree arboretum.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tulsa Performing Arts Center

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

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After 22 years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for betteror-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the ‘family business’: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer Zaza. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans.

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At the age of 73 the veteran singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and bandleader is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career. It almost goes without saying that Haggard is widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist. A rugged individualist who simultaneously embodies and transcends the genre, Haggard is both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider. Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he’s consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, far more concerned with pursuing his iconoclastic vision than with meeting the expectations of the music-industry establishment. Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 No. 1 country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; become the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame; been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat; as well as the only man to be invited to perform at the White House and invited to serve time in San Quentin Penitentiary.

April 4-13

A Little Princess Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Sara Crewe boards a ship in Africa headed for Miss Minchin’s boarding school in London while her father embarks on a mission to Timbuktu. While Sara makes friends with the boarding school girls, she makes an enemy of Miss Minchin. Her survival and reunion with her beloved father can only be secured through faith, friendship and a healthy dose of imagination. Based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett A Little Princess is a adventure for the entire family.

April 5

Carnivale25 Cox Center: Tulsa Ballroom

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1990, when Suzanne Warren co-chaired the inaugural Carnivale, then called Le Masquerade. Le Masquerade allowed the Mental Health Association in Tulsa to open its first housing program, Walker Hall, in 1991. At that time, proceeds benefited only 12 tenants. Today, Carnivale will benefit 875 mothers, fathers, sons and daughters living in their 18 apartment complexes.

April 5

Air Supply River Spirit Event Center

Lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock and singer/ songwriter Graham Russell have been performing together for more than 30 years. The duo met in 1975 while performing in the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar and later that year formed Air Supply. Their album, Lost in Love, featured three U.S. top five singles, including the title track, which was the fastest-selling single in the world; “Every Woman in the World,” and “All Out of Love.” Other hit songs include “Just Another Woman,” “The One That You Love,” “Here I Am,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Even the Nights Are Better,” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

April 8

Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference Cox Center: Tulsa Ballroom

The Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference is geared towards female and male entrepreneurs in Oklahoma who, have started a business, have an idea for a new business, or are looking to grow their existing businesses. Modeled after the nationally-recognized and ranked Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Inspire Conference, the new Entrepreneurs Inspire conference is a resource-packed day featuring both local and national entrepreneurial role models and speakers discussing their failures and successes, as well as providing conference attendees with the latest in business development and strategy. With over 750 entrepreneurs and more than 30 acclaimed speakers in attendance, the conference is also an incredible networking opportunity.


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April 1-30 Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings Gilcrease Museum

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Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser has honored changing inner directives, finding an artistic vocabulary in various materials and in diverse stylistic approaches. The exhibition features stone sculptures and finely finished charcoal drawings, revealing an artist extraordinarily adept at traversing media and physical dimensions. In addition, the artist’s sketchbooks are on display, opened to pages of conceptual drawings illustrating the raw, prolific energy that fueled his evolution as an artist.

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Toadies Cain’s Ballroom

Tickets: $19-$34 With 20 years and thousands of shows behind them, the Toadies—and their magnum opus Rubberneck—are stronger than ever. On the road in 2014, supported by the Supersuckers and Battleme, the Toadies will pay tribute to their fans’ support by playing Rubberneck start to finish. “I honestly cannot wait to get onstage in front of these fans and play the album front to back,” says guitarist Clark Vogeler. “I’ve been looking forward to it for years and, after this anniversary tour, I can’t imagine that we’ll ever do it again.”

April 10

Paul Anka Hard Rock Casino

Tickets: $50, $60, $70 Paul Anka is one of the hardest working musicians in the world, constantly writing, recording and performing hit songs for nearly six decades. Anka has recorded nearly 130 albums to date, including more than 10 albums in Japanese, German, Spanish, French and Italian, composing

April 10-13 Sesame Street Live BOK Center Tickets: $20, $27, $37, $60 Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies. Chamki is from far away and she’s visiting Sesame Street for just one day. Grover has a long to-do list for his

friend, from kayaking to hot yoga, but Chamki is busy enjoying cookies with Cookie Monster, singing with Abby Cadabby, and doing ‘The Elmo Slide.’ Will an appearance from Super Grover get Chamki’s attention? Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family. Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor. Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages.

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Almost exactly a decade after their debut, Kings of Leon’s sixth album arrived amid a somewhat rejuvenated sense of interest in the band. Youth and Young Manhood’s vivacity was somewhat absent in 2010’s supersized Come Around Sundown, so its anniversary had provoked return visits and an assured hope that their belly fires were still burning. Mechanical Bull was more instantly enjoyable than its predecessor— it’s less earnest, with clearer dynamics between dark and light in its varied rhythms, tones and personal touches. The Tennessee-based band has stuck close to its no-frills mantra on the tour keeping the audience interaction to a minimum and keeping the guitars cranked.

songs culturally tailored to each country. Since launching his career in 1955, he has sold close to 15 million albums worldwide. Among his biggest hit singles are “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “You’re Having My Baby.” Anka also has a staggering 900 songs to his credit, including 130 recorded by other artists, including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt and Robbie Williams. He is particularly well known for penning signature songs for others, notably “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” (Buddy Holly), “She’s a Lady” (Tom Jones), “Puppy Love” (Donny Osmond) and, of course, “My Way” (Frank Sinatra).

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April Happenings April 11

Gentry Lee: “Space Exploration and the Curiosity Mission to Mars” Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great rock ‘n roll bands. As they enter their 35th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process. The Grammy Award winning group has written and performed such classic hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want a New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love,” and “Workin’ For a Livin’.” The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love” was nominated for an Academy Award and went to No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart.

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Spring Mountain Man Encampment Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve (Bartlesville)

Experience living history at its best at the Spring Mountain Man Encampment with approximately 125 tents and teepees set up for this annual Western heritage event formerly known as the Spring Traders Encampment. Join participants from all over the United States as they recreate the rugged pioneer life of the men and women who trapped and traded throughout 1820s and 1840s-era Indian Territory.

April 11-13

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Higdon, Haydn and Strauss with cellist Kari Caldwell Tulsa Performing Arts Center Tulsa Symphony concludes its season with Caldwell as soloist for Don Quixote, the tone poem by Richard Strauss. Also included will by American composer Jennifer Higdon’s well-known Blue Cathedral and the Symphony No. 88 by Haydn. Gerhardt Zimmermann will conduct.

April 19

Adley Stump Cain’s Ballroom

Tickets: $12-$14 Sometimes you hear the voice of fate when you least expect it. And sometimes that voice is so loud and clear that you can’t deny it. For Adley Stump, that voice came— much to her own surprise—right out of her own mouth. So far her singing talent has already taken her from her native Oklahoma to nationwide exposure as a contestant on TV’s hit talent competition The Voice. And now Stump’s voice can be heard in full on her debut, Like a Lady. Stump was busy getting her degree in public relations at

April 23

Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus Tulsa Performing Arts Center

This one-man fusion of theater and standup comedy is based on the best-selling 1992 book by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating to marriage to sex. After premiering in Paris in 2007, Men Are From Mars; Women Are From Venus — LIVE! has been seen by more than one million people in Europe. It debuted in the United States in 2013. Peter Story is the star of this theatrical comedy. He has appeared in the shows CSI, Without a Trace and Ugly Betty. Story’s tale of how he and his wife won a dream wedding competition was featured on NPR’s The Moth Radio Hour, a show featuring the country’s best storytellers.

April 24

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Tickets: $70, $75, $85 In a remarkable career spanning over 40 years, Diana Ross has proven herself the consummate music artist as well as one of the most iconic female singers of all time. Beginning in the ‘60s, as lead singer of the world-renowned singing group, The Supremes, and as a solo performer Ross achieved the unprecedented feat of 12 No. 1 singles in the United States. In 1970, Ross moved to a solo career and for

April 19 George Strait Tickets: $77.50, $99.50 A two-hour, 33-song set makes for a lot of show, but when you’ve got 60 No. 1 hits to your name, it barely qualifies as a greatest hits set. Such is the case with George Strait, the reining “King of Country,” who is on the second leg of his “final” two-year Cowboy Rides Away tour. And if these concerts are indeed his last (however unlikely that is in showbiz), Strait has made it clear that he’s going out on top with performances that are an embarrassment of riches. Strait is a rare kind of superstar, one whose command over the crowd isn’t rooted in bombastic theatrics or flashy pyrotechnics. No, Strait’s presentation is understated, classy, and sly, and his songs—be they neo-traditionalist songs that place Strait alongside Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett, Patty Loveless and Alan Jackson, or tight, pop-focused ones that dominate modern country radio—match Strait’s steady charisma.

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Oklahoma State University when friends dared her to try out for a singing part in a sorority production. She’d been honing her skills as a dancer and cheerleader since childhood, but had never considered the notion that she might have a gift for singing as well.

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As chief engineer for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Gentry Lee oversaw the successful Curiosity rover mission to Mars. He explains the feats of engineering that brought the Curiosity into existence and gives a mesmerizing account of this mission. Lee is also a novelist, co-authoring the novels Cradle, Rama II, The Garden of Rama, and Rama Revealed, all four of which were New York Times bestsellers. Lee also partnered with Carl Segan in the creation of the Cosmos television series, an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning science documentary. In 2009 Lee was featured performer/narrator in Are We Alone?, a two-hour Discovery Channel documentary. In 2005 Lee received the Distinguished Service Medal, NASA’s highest award.

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who kept 27 men alive for two years after their ship, Endurance, was crushed by ice in the Antarctic. Both stories are simultaneously told by four brilliant young actors who also collaborated to create the play. Endurance illustrates the qualities of true leadership and the power of optimism.

April 25

Red Fern Festival Norris Park (Tahlequah)

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Tickets: $35, $40, $45 Known for his eccentric style of comedy, Short has been one of the best-known performers in the last several decades. Short starred on Saturday Night Live with a range of impressions and acts. His bigscreen work includes Three Amigos, Father of the Bride and more. On television, Short has hosted his own show, had several guest appearances and performed in several stand-up specials.

April 25

Alice in Chains Brady Theater

Tickets: $39.50-$45 To continue to commemorate the release of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, the band’s No. 2-peaking 2013 studio album, Seattle rockers Alice in Chains have embarked on an extensive U.S. tour throughout part of April and most of May. And the tour begins in Tulsa at the Brady Theater. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here spawned two mainstream rock No. 1 songs in “Hollow” and “Stone” and sold 61,000 copies in its first week. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 25 million albums worldwide. Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to lead singer Layne Staley’s substance abuse, which resulted in his death in 2002. The band reunited in 2005 with new lead vocalist William DuVall.

April 25-27

Endurance Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Endurance by Split Knuckle Theatre Company is set during the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. Hartford insurance man Walter Spivey is struggling to justify his recent promotion and save his co-workers’ jobs. In his search for inspiration, he begins reading the biography of British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton,

April 25-26

The Red Fern Festival is an old-fashioned fun event featuring hound dog field trials, 1930s era children’s games, a car show and more. The Red Fern Festival was inspired by the renowned novel, Where the Red Fern Grows by native author Wilson Rawls. The novel, which was set in Tahlequah, evokes simpler times. The festival itself capitalizes on this theme of simplicity with a wide array of old-fashioned events perfect for the whole family. One of Tahlequah’s premier events, the Red Fern Festival features unique and rustic food vendors, a barbecue cook-off, live music, a tractor parade, crawdad hole and plenty of children’s activities.

April 26

HAIM Cain’s Ballroom

Tickets: $18-$33 Hailing from the San Fernando Valley, HAIM, consisting of three sisters, and a mister, has been shaking things up in the city of Los Angeles for the past four years. It is truly a family affair for the band which prides themselves on being able to switch from instrument to instrument with complete confidence and ease, and all while singing in three-part harmony. The sisters—Este, Danielle, and Alana—grew up playing classic rock songs with their parents in a family band, called Rockinhaim, which played for charity events and street fairs. Rounding out the group is Dash Hutton, who previously played drums for Los Angeles bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chickens.

April 26

Il Divo Brady Theater

Tickets: $49.50-$120 Il Divo is an English multinational operatic pop vocal group created by music manager Simon Cowell (American Idol). Formed in the United Kingdom, the group is comprised of four male singers: French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. To date, they have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide.

April 27

American String Quartet Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, The American String Quartet is a Tulsa favorite and the perfect ensemble to celebrate the conclusion of CMT’s 60th season. Internationally recognized as one of the world’s finest ensembles, the American String Quartet is famous for a luxurious sound and thoughtful, innovative programming.

April 28

Foster the People Cain’s Ballroom

Indie rock trio Foster the People make atmospheric, psychedelic, and danceoriented pop. Formed in Los Angeles in 2009, the band features keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist Mark Foster; bassist Cubbie Fink; and drummer Mark Pontius. The trio’s single “Pumped Up the Kicks” received significant airplay in 2010, and the band quickly began receiving significant online attention. They released a self-titled EP in January of 2011 that featured the song.

April 30

Karmin Cain’s Ballroom

Tickets: $19-$35 In April of 2011, Karmin’s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan ignited the blogosphere when they posted a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” on YouTube. The clip instantly went viral, racking up millions of views after being tweeted by such hip-hop heavy hitters as The Roots’ Questlove, producers Diplo and Jermaine Dupree, and rapper The Game, each of whom marveled at the astonishing spectacle of Amy spitting Brown’s, Lil Wayne’s, and Busta Rhymes’ raps at warp speed. Her verbal dexterity alone would be jaw-dropping coming from anyone, never mind a young girl from Nebraska styled like a ’40s film star in a black corset and ruby-red lipstick. Working with such top-notch hit makers as Claude Kelly, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, Dr. Luke, Jon Jon, and The Runners, their Hello EP showcased Karmin’s versatility and far-reaching talent. Nick delivers bright harmonies and skilled accompaniment on piano, guitar, and even trombone (he’s a trained jazz trombonist) to Amy, a vocal powerhouse who glides effortlessly from singing to rapping.


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There is nothing quite like an afternoon stroll down Brookside on a warm spring afternoon, taking in all the sights and smells that Tulsa’s “place to be” offers up on a daily basis. This hub of shopping, dining, and nightlife is home to many of Tulsa’s oldest and most popular restaurants.

Cafe Olé is no exception. A fixture on Brookside for over 25 years, this southwestern gem is well worth its weight in queso. Somewhere in between the roasted poblano in the queso relleno and the salt on the lip of a mouthwatering margarita, Cafe Olé makes its case as perhaps one of the most memorable restaurants in the area. Strands of Christmas lights strung between the patio’s rafters perfect the whole New Mexico cantina vibe, even before you get to the menu, which is big on staples like taco and fajita platters, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos. And although the restaurant suffered through a few rough patches in the last 10 years, now under the leadership and direction of Don Jones, the rebirth has been nothing short of excellent. “At one point, Cafe Olé was running phenomenal volumes, but hard times happened,” said Jones, who has amassed an impressive culinary

resume over 40 years in the business and took over the struggling restaurant in January 2013. “This was ‘the place’ for many of this city’s political heavyweights and others who found the restaurant and patio a truly relaxing experience. But long-time regulars quit coming and lost interest. So there was definitely a challenge. It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve made a lot of progress in short amount of time. “I’m a confident guy, but it takes time to get down and you can’t fix something without additional time.”


One of the first items of business that Jones and his wife Leslie—who Don lauds as an excellent cook and baker—tackled was the recipes which had been originally purchased some 30 years earlier and had become menu mainstays. Comparing those recipes to how the meals were being prepared, the pair found lots of inconsistencies. “It’s amazing how much better food can taste by just doing some simple things like consistently adding ingredients in the right order,” Jones said. “The seasonings and spices really matter. Certain times if you put something in too early, the final taste won’t be the same. It’s these little things you can’t overlook if you want to create memorable dishes. “We standardized who we bought spices from and worked from the prep up. We rebuilt the recipe book into something that made sense to us. The way I look at it, if it doesn’t taste good then it doesn’t mean anything. We also got a lot of great input from our guests. And it all came down to attention to detail and great execution. A lot of our dishes weren’t broken, they just needed a little loving.” But there were two menu items that Jones felt he couldn’t touch.

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The salsa that arrives in a small pour container with your warm platter of tortilla chips is bright, fresh and bold to be sure. The salsa packs a spicy wallop and citrusy kick.

You’re going to need a killer cocktail to match this cuisine. And according to many dining lists, Cafe Olé is the tequila-based best. It’s not often we go crazy over margaritas—most seem to be either too watered down or simply too sweet—but theirs is a revelation, and it’s one of many cocktails that lend credence to the Cafe Olé way. And don’t be afraid to get your night in high gear with a tequila flight.

Among the offerings on Cafe Olé’s menu are some light dishes like fish and street tacos, that were so inconsistent that Jones jokingly said he didn’t even know they still served them. By adding new meat and changing up the seasonings, these dishes have gone from MIA to MVP. This is one of those meals that concludes with you wondering how The fish sampling features golden baked tilapia fillets, ole coleslaw, you finished every bite, especially after all those chips and salsa. But guacamole, red onion, cilantro, lime and a choice of beans. Street tacos you must save room for the house made cookies or chocolate ole are available with chicken, beef or shrimp. The Mexican with ice cream. Maybe another pizzas redefine the word “crispy” with a blissfully flaky margarita? You deserve it, whole wheat tortilla covered in your choice of chicken, a reward for another great Cafe Olé pork, beef or veggies; melted jack; jalapenos; and dining discovery. — Additional 3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa lettuce and tomato. Or really lighten up with a fiesta reporting by Taylor Sides 918.745.6699 salad doused in cherry tomatoes, onions, cotija cheese, www.cafeolebrookside.com pulled croutons and marinated chicken breast or the Closed on Mondays café cobb salad with blue cheese, eggs, bacon, roasted Tuesday through Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. chicken, tomato and avocado. Friday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. When customers told Jones that they’d like a nonSunday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. traditional and healthier alternative on the menu, he obliged by adding simply grilled offerings that come with a veggie skewer featuring zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers and mushrooms. Choose from perfectly glazed, fireroasted pork shanks or fresh grilled salmon with chutney and served over rice with corn cakes. Fajitas—choose from marinated chicken or steak—cut to the heart of what we love about Cafe Olé, and in that, the platters are well prepared and fully packed with rice and choice of stove top pinto or black beans. The southwest turkey sandwich with Chihuahua cheese on toasted wheat bread, is a popular item added by Jones. And the burgers, either classic style, ole or guacamole, are juicy and not to be missed. Fajitas, burgers, burritos and rellenos will tempt as main attractions, but this place is known for its stacked blue corn enchiladas. Try

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Few foods provide the pure satisfaction of Cafe Olé’s cuisine from the fresh flavors of salsas made daily to the mouth-watering sizzle emanating from a platter of marinated steak fajitas. Tastes and textures we all know so well, and some of us crave constantly.

“Many restaurants pre-roll their enchiladas and refrigerate them until needed,” Jones said. “By nature, doing this removes a lot of the moisture from the food. Mass rolling is attractive when you’re getting nailed in the kitchen, but the payoff of doing it the ‘right way’ is well worth it. The quality of what comes out of our kitchen makes a big difference at our customers’ tables.”

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“When people heard we were taking over they were ecstatic, but said if we changed the queso or the margaritas, they’d hang us from the tallest tree around,” he said with a laugh. “Those items were very reverent to our customers.”

saying that fast five times … try eating them five times faster. You’ll certainly want to once three blue corn tortillas dipped in chile Colorado; your choice of chicken, pork, beef or veggies; melted jack cheese; mild green chiles; and sour cream served with generous sides hit your table. Using authentic blue corn tortillas brought in from Albuquerque, N.M, Hatch green chiles also imported from the Land of Enchantment and hand-rolling the enchiladas as they are ordered helps authenticate the addiction many have for this dish.


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Have the Thai of Your Life Keo elevates traditional dishes and adds modern elements with authentic flavors that are brighter and bolder than ever. By Chris Greer

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ince opening its doors in 2007, Keo has been offering tastes from across the Asian cuisine spectrum as the popularity tied to that niche has gradually gained momentum especially in this organic, healthy and gluten-free era.

Bill Hyman and his wife, Zahidah—a native of Cambodia who also serves as the executive chef—combine samplings from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia gracefully on a diverse menu, highlighted by a myriad of flavors. The only challenge is deciding which of the dishes to dine upon while basking in the modern settings at both the Peoria and South Tulsa locations. The surroundings set a certain tone, but this cuisine is armed with explosive surprises. “We realized that Tulsa was lacking a modern Asian restaurant with a great atmosphere,” said Hyman, who eased into the restaurant business working at the Polo Grill for a number of years and owning a couple of Camille’s Sidewalk Cafes. “We bill ourselves as Southeast Asian. We don’t get into the fusion aspects that are so popular these days. We believe that simple is best.” With serene surroundings that are ideal for a refined lunch or a special occasion dinner, you can engage in a fun-filled tasting of small plate offerings that range in price from $6-$12. Fresh spring rolls are a hit with just about everyone, and arrive at the table warm with a side of peanut sauce. The Cambodian spring rolls are full of shrimp, chicken glass noodle, onion and cilantro.

Another popular item is tuna nachos—crispy wontons with seared tuna, bell peppers and onion. Too hefty for chopsticks, it’s probably best to dive in hands first and let the Sriracha aioli and hoisin sauces become succulent finger paint. You may also elect to start with the street vendor skewers, which succeed in being both delicate and meaty with each bite of crispy coconut chicken. Salads and soups are nice segues to the main courses. The Tom ka offering is a broth teaming with chicken, coconut milk, lemongrass, tomato and mushroom. Complete with fresh ingredients, it provides textural and sweetness diversity. Vermicelli salad pairs a seared protein—chose from beef, chicken or tofu; substitute shrimp or duck for an additional $2—with a spring roll and is served on a bed of vermicelli, lettuce, cucumbers and carrot with a house dressing.


“Most of our dishes are my wife’s family recipes and stuff we’ve come up with over the years,” said Hyman. “We’re trying to keep up with consumers who demand healthy and varied options. As the global world becomes closer, people’s palates are getting more developed. Ten years ago where could you find a caeser salad outside of the best restaurants? Now you can get one at McDonald’s. You’ve got to stay in front of the usual.” With made-to-order items, Keo does that even by excluding traditional Japanese and Chinese dishes from the menu. Among the restaurant’s provincial favorites are delicacies that might be outside some comfort zones, but taking a leap of faith will definitely pay off even if it’s a babystep process. Pad Thai is a staple typically done well, but for something a little outside the box, the Malaysian style fried rice is a good alternative. Topped with fried egg and crispy shallots, the dish is packed with sprouts, peas, carrots, broccoli and onion.

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Pan fried ramen with chicken is prepared as it should be, tender and juicy, but the baby portabella, carrot, cabbage and broccoli provide the proper assist to bring the dish to a crescendo.

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Do try to save room for desserts, which are as inspired as the main dishes. Offerings include mango cheesecake, chocolate mousse layer cake and a banana wonton with vanilla bean ice cream.

Entrée-wise, consistency may be the most impressive element at Keo, whether it’s the simple burger (chicken and lemongrass served with taro fries and Sriracha aioli) or the complex seafood stir fry. Grilled or fried whole fish is sinfully sweet thanks to a chili sauce while practically falling apart. Yellow fin tuna—accented with a soy ginger glaze, sesame asparagus and rice—and red curry udon with grilled tiger prawns, red curry udon noodles, baby portabella, bok choy and onion are plates in high demand. If you’re interested in red meat instead, the braised Korean short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth tender and are served with cucumber kim chee and rice. The Vietnamese crepe filled with ground beef or chick and served with cucumber and lettuce salad is also a remarkable dish. Keo showcases a wide variety of French white wines, along with some more mellow reds. If you’re looking for something different, check out the signature cocktails. In particular, the house martini combines lemongrass infused

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would often get immersed in just what the team’s offense was doing, but that can no longer be the case. He had the opportunity to spend the last month of the major league season in the dugout with the Colorado Rockies. The experience was a good opportunity to learn how big league staffs operated. “Watching guys like Walt Weiss and Mike Matheny was a special opportunity,” said Riggs. “It was fun and interesting to see how they called and handled a game from the dugout.”

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“Just look at the pitching staff of the St. Louis Cardinals last year,” said Riggs. “They were in the World Series thanks in large part to several guys who had recently pitched in our league. This is a special league to watch future stars rise to the big leagues.”

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rillers manager Kevin Riggs and his 2014 squad will begin their pursuit of a Texas League title on April 3 at ONEOK Field when they host Corpus Christi in the regular-season opener. “It is an exciting time of the year for every club out there,” said Riggs. “Everyone comes to spring training with a clean slate, and everyone thinks they have a chance to win it. I’m looking forward to it. I’m always excited for baseball season.” Riggs will spend his third straight summer in Tulsa after serving as the team’s hitting coach in 2012 before becoming the club’s manager last season. In his first term as a professional manager, he led the Drillers to a first-half North Division title and a berth in the Texas League playoffs. Overall, Tulsa finished with a 68-70 regular season record before being swept in the first round of the playoffs by Arkansas. Riggs said he enjoyed the challenges that came with being a manager, and he looks forward to using what he learned from his on-the-job training last year. “I loved being a manager,” he said. “I didn’t know what I would think about it, but I knew it would be an exciting challenge. I think I can use what I learned last year to my advantage this year. Things such as organizing my day, setting schedules and knowing where everyone is, I think I can now handle it better. “Sometimes you get frustrated with how things are going, but I think I can evolve and become a better communicator, especially in dealing with the players.” As a manager, Riggs admitted that he looked at the game differently. As a hitting coach, he

first home stand might have a chance to see some of the Rockies top pitching prospects. Two prospects he mentioned were Eddie Butler and Jonathan Gray. Butler spent a dominating stint in the California League last year before finishing the season in Tulsa where he showed ability that many experts say would take him to the big leagues soon. Gray, a native of Chandler, Okla., was the Rockies first-round draft choice last June after starring at the University of Oklahoma. The hardthrowing right-hander could see time in the Tulsa rotation at some point this season. One thing that Riggs is certain of is the type of team that he would like to place on the field. He used last year’s world champions as an example.

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“I think the Boston Red Sox were an amazing squad last year,” he said. “They were probably not the most talented team but they had guys that knew how to play the game and knew how to play together. They were gamers and grinders and that is what we would like to do.”


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It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all—his father-in-law. Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx

Transcendence | April 18

Dr. Will Caster is an artificial intelligence researcher who strives to create a machine that possesses sentience and collective intelligence. Extremists who oppose technological advancement target him, but their actions drive him toward his goal. Caster also wants to become part of the new technology, and his wife Evelyn and his best friend Max Waters, also researchers, question the wisdom of this drive. Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman

The Other Woman | April 25

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on, she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge. Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton


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f there’s one other place to be after the George Strait concert at the BOK Center on April 19, that place is Legends Dance Hall and Saloon. Waiting for you at the non-smoking venue that opened its doors in September 2013 is bartender and general manager Jacquelin Stefanek. “This place is my baby,” said the former shift leader at Back Alley. “I was in there cleaning the toilets prior to the open after they hadn’t been used in three or four years. I want to make this the best place to go when you’re downtown, especially after a big concert.” Bartending on Fridays and Saturdays at the latest in Blake Ewing’s line of entertainment and eating venues in the downtown district (his Blue Ox Dining Group also owns Joe Momma’s, Max Retropub and White Flag) is a perfect match for Stefanek because of how interactive the place lets her and her fellow bartenders be with guests. Whether she’s slinging drinks and showing off her smile or cheering on customers as they take a ride on the mechanical bull, providing a well-rounded evening is priority No. 1 for her.

Add a pinch of flirtation, a dash of playfulness, whip up some tasty libation, blend in enticing music and mix in some all-purpose friends and presto … you’ve got the all-female bar staff. “It wasn’t by design, but I love that we don’t have a cookie-cutter staff,” said Stefanek. “Every one here has their own unique personality and it really shows. You have to give the guests your real self.” The club’s flair bartenders will be more than happy to fix you up some delicious cocktails, the most popular being the whiskey and beer. The staff is working on a cowboy Kool-Aid concoction, but hasn’t nailed down the perfect blend yet. If you want to shake things up, ask for a shot of fireball, a cinnamon whisky that tastes just like the candy. But if you ask Stefanek to hook you up, make sure you call her Jacquelin. “I don’t answer to Jackie and haven’t since the first grade when I told my teacher that wasn’t the name on my birth certificate,” she said with a playful laugh.

“Many people were tired of having to drive to south Tulsa to enjoy a country bar experience,” said Stefanek, who was hired three weeks prior to the opening. “And there was nothing like this downtown. One of the great things is that we’ve been able to cater to everyone from the 20-something in their shorts and sandals to the people in their 30s who take their country bar experience very seriously. We see all walks of life in here. It’s great that we’re not one genre specific.” One of the newest and wildest joints in the Blue Dome District, this Southern-fried venue is awash in wood, concrete and brick, framed by three welcoming bars and even a concert stage area. Live music featuring local and regional acts like Jackson Taylor and the Sinners, the Darrel Cole

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Set your drinks down and join the masses on the massive wood dance floor for line dancing or chill upstairs in the comfy loft that is perfect for those who want to be a part of the party, but need a break from being in the middle of it. Padded center floor seating and rail chairs are perfect for catching up, chatting up or scouting out Mr. or Mrs. Right now.

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Longing for a trip to the beach, but can’t wait until your vacation? Tulsa’s got the next best thing. Escape to Utopia Bar & Lounge to become one of many Tulsans and visitors alike who have indulged in the ultimate Tiki bar experience. With live music, billiards, and insane drink specials all week long, Utopia is truly an island getaway right here in the concrete jungle. Utopians can play bar games, answer trivia, sing karaoke, and dance the night away to the tunes of some of Tulsa’s best local musicians. So, bring all your friends and host your bachelor, birthday, or game day parties at Tulsa’s favorite beach bar, and while you’re at it, take advantage of the awesomely priced beer and booze specials like Free Beer Friday from 7-10 p.m. and all you can drink draft for $5 on Thursdays and Saturdays. Don’t forget the $6 Long Island iced teas for the ladies. — Taylor Sides

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Empire Bar The best thing about Empire is that you can actually do something there besides sit at a table. There are two pool tables and lots of TVs. I love spending a Saturday night watching the late games and playing pool. Rusty Crane I’ve been to the Rusty Crane a couple of times now, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in Tulsa. The atmosphere is relaxed and hip and the decor has a very industrialist/modernist feel. They have great, local cold beer, and some delicious specialty drinks if you’re willing to spend a little more. Valkyrie Bar Recently, I embarked on a “Manhattan Tour” of the Brady District. The plan was to see who serves the best Manhattan. Valkyrie was one of the two winners that night. Their version of the drink is unique, while slickly retaining it’s originality. Valkyrie is an absolutely wonderful bar, full of atmosphere, great people, even greater drinks, and 100 percent positivity. Bar 46 One of the cleanest, open-spaced and comfortable bars I have been to in Tulsa. With kind bartenders, a pool table, and some TV’s you can bet this is where I go to have a relaxing drink.

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eet Joel Chan, a talented 23-year-old who sees things from a different perspective ... behind the lens of a camera. A true artist with a background in drawing and painting, Chan has since branched off into the graphic realm with design, videography, but most importantly, photography. An entrepreneur in his own right, Chan founded Photos with Joel in 2011. Since its inception, this project has become an integral part of Tulsa nightlife. Today, Chan travels between Tulsa and Dallas for his many endeavors in freelance photography and design. When in Tulsa, he can be found frequenting some of the Blue Dome District’s most popular bars and clubs, including Electric Circus, IDL Ballroom and Enso. His photography style is influenced by abstract angles and perspectives, bright colors, high contrast, and strong emotions and expressions with his subjects. Aside from immortalizing Tulsa and Dallas events, he specializes in portraiture, advertising, and automotive photography. By employing expert lighting techniques along with his mastery of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, Chan is able to take the images he captures to a whole new level of quality. When asked what he would want the people of Tulsa to remember him for, the answer was not his photography, but rather the motto he lives by and upon which all of his work is based. “My future success is not for my own selfish ambition,” Chan said. “My goal in life is to give and inspire others to do the same.” So, next time you’re out on the town and spot Chan and his camera, be sure to stop and say cheese. — Taylor Sides Photos with Joel www.jcasianman.carbonmade.com


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When Bryan Maciha started dating his future wife, Shalayna, he reached into his chainmail wetsuit and whipped out a game changer … he fed and swam with sharks. “She definitely thought it was pretty cool,” said Maciha, who serves as the quarantine lead at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Okla. “Now that we’re married, she is definitely not fond of me diving in there with the sharks, but knows it’s part of the job. She’s the first one I call before I get in a wetsuit and the first I call when I get out.” Once a month, Maciha and two or three others, climb into custom-built wetsuits layered in puncture-proof armor consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern

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Thousands of visitors to the Oklahoma Aquarium watch in awe as 7-foot sharks live life outside of biting distance. But for aquarist Bryan Maciha, he dove into a career that can put him and the predators face to razor-sharp, serrated teeth. By Chris Greer


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The aquarium has plenty of tanks to check out among the more than 200 exhibits, filled with 4,000 creatures such as sea stars, urchins, peacock bass, a 120-year-old alligator snapping turtle, paddlefish, piranha, beavers, turtles and porcupine puffers. One neat facet is the touch pool, where a staff member instructs visitors on the proper way to graze the tops of small sharks and stingrays. But it’s the sharks that Maciha tends to that dominate the experience for most. Check out the walk-through tunnel and see sharks swimming right over you.

“This is a big investment entrusted to someone in their 20s. Everyday I feel this incredible amount of pressure and responsibility, but I also feel a lot of honor,” said Maciha, who has an associates in business administration and is 30 credits away from a degree in management “Our sharks have been in captivity for ever and are trained,” said and marketing taking night classes at OSU-Tulsa. “They wouldn’t give Maciha, whose goal is to run an aquarium. me this if they didn’t trust me. It’s what “The lights only come on when it’s time to eat. keeps me moving hard every day. That When we hit the lights, they start swimming and seeing the kids and guests light quicker. Half of the sharks know to go to one Oklahoma Aquarium up as they view all we have to offer. station and the rest to the other.” 300 S. Aquarium Dr. | Jenks It makes me want to work that much 918.296.FISH (3474) harder so that people in the middle of The tanks are designed to be like the open www.okaquarium.org a land-locked state can marvel at how ocean to allow for plenty of personal space beautiful these creatures are.” for these impressive cartilaginous fish that are individually identifiable by Maciha. He points out No. 10 that has nicks in the dorsal fin and No. 5, that at age 30, is the largest male bull shark in captivity.

“To the general public, a shark is a shark. To us we know them and monitor how much each shark is eating per feeding, week and lifetime and we record that info,” Maciha said. “It can be overwhelming at times, but I’m just happy that I’ve gained enough trust here to handle the job.” The Oklahoma Aquarium, the largest indoor aquarium in a fourstate area, is home not only to the world’s largest collection of bull sharks and an array of predators and other creatures that live among the different colorful habitats and exhibits in the aquarium’s one million gallons of fresh water and salt water, but also offers education opportunities like SeaCamp, homeschool days and Sleep with the Sharks.

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Having always liked fish and the idea of keeping an ecosystem alive in a box, once Maciha got his foot in the door of the aquarium, he never left. Starting out working for the life support system staff concentrating on filtration systems, he learned how to run water chemistry and tackled any tasks that needing tending until he was put in charge of the shark department on a full-time basis in 2009.

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There is no splashing and thrashing as the sharks almost calmly divert swim patterns as they sense the quarter- and half-pound pieces of fresh meat that hit the water. Behind 4 inches of acrylic, hundreds view the collection of bull sharks that were the first of their species to be transported so far inland. The sharks, captured as pups just off the coast of Texas in 2005 and 2008, have been filmed and documented by the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, NBC’s Dateline and the BBC.


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ake your friends and family to America’s favorite zoo. Founded in 1927, The Tulsa Zoo has become one of Tulsa’s most frequented attractions, bringing in over 600,000 guests each year. Sitting on 85 acres in Mohawk Park—one of the largest and most beautiful municipal parks in the United States—this non-profit zoo features over 2,500 animals from 436 different species that be seen up close or from an awesome train ride around the park. The Robert J. LaFortune Wildlife Trek, the Dave Zucconi Conservation Center, the Children’s Zoo, the Tropical American Rainforest, Africa, Asia, Oceans and Islands, and the education areas make up the Tulsa Zoo’s unique and interactive exhibits. Starting May 3, guests can step back in time to explore Zoorassic Park, a temporary exhibit, featuring 15 life-like animatronic dinosaurs. In 2005, the Tulsa Zoo was named “America’s Favorite Zoo” by Microsoft Game Studios and was granted $25,000 in a contest promoting the Zoo Tycoon 2 computer game. America wasn’t wrong, as the Tulsa Zoo is Tulsa’s premier family recreation destination and the leading wildlife education and conservation resource in Oklahoma. It is their mission to inspire passion for wildlife in every guest, every day, and with values in excellence, integrity, teamwork, stewardship, conservation, and, of course, fun, the Tulsa Zoo has succeeded in that mission year after year, generation after generation. — Taylor Sides


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ontemporary Western art takes center stage at Gilcrease as Rendezvous, the museum’s annual exhibition and art sale, opens to the public. Rendezvous is an enduring tradition for Gilcrease Museum, as well as for the many exemplary contemporary Western artists who have exhibited their work during the past three decades.

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he self-proclaimed world’s largest gun show pulls the hammer back on April 5-6 when it returns to the Tulsa Expo Center. More than 4,200 exhibitors will be showcasing their latest and greatest among the nearly 5.7 miles of tables.

The public is urged to bring their firearms, swords and knives for free appraisal or to sell or trade. But keep in mind that all guns must be unloaded. Guards can hold onto your ammo if you don’t want to cruise through the parking lot unarmed. The show is open to the public Saturday (8 a.m.–6 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m.–4 p.m.). Adult admission is $10 and children under 12 are $3. Visit TulsaArmsShow.com for information on parking, shuttles, hotels and more.

Both artists will present talks that are open to the public. Beecham will discuss his work at 10:30 a.m. April 11 in the Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium. Matteson follows Beecham at 1:30 p.m. on April 11 also in the auditorium. Both presentations are free with paid museum admission. The art sale is set for 6 p.m. on April 11. Works not sold on opening night will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition by calling the Museum Store at 918.596.2725. Rendezvous opening week activities conclude with a brunch with the artists from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 12. Guests can meet Beecham and Matteson while dining in The Restaurant at Gilcrease. Cost is $19.95 per person. Call the restaurant at 918.596.2720 for reservations.

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Biscuit Acres Dog Park I love this pup park. Everyone is very friendly and my dogs have so much going there. They keep it very clean and there is plenty of owner seating. This park is great for small dogs and big dogs. ONEOK Field This is a great ballpark and is a beautiful place to enjoy a game. Close to many great restaurants in the downtown area and plenty of close parking for a few bucks. Have lots of specials on select nights and the Drillers play a heck of a game. We go a few times each year and always have a great time. Woodward Park When it is springtime in Oklahoma and the azaleas are in bloom it is time to head out to Woodward Park. Mother nature puts on one of her prettiest “dresses” and flaunts it in Woodward Park each year for us all to admire. April and May are the best months to visit the park in my opinion but it is lovely all through the year.

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The Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show provides an early view of new products and services used by hunters, outdoorsmen, law enforcement professionals and those that enjoy the security of owning their own firearm. This buffet of offerings covers the gamut from ammunition, gun safes, shooting range equipment and optics to tree stands, decoys, targets and hunting accessories. Very fine antique and modern firearms, knives, swords and accessories will also be on display and for sale. General-interest exhibits will include wildlife and western art, bronze work and jewelry. Several collectors’ organizations will be present with outstanding exhibits and items to sell. The Wanenmacher show is now international in scope, drawing exhibitors and spectators worldwide.

Prior to the show opening, Beecham will present a master class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9-10 at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education. Cost is $150 for Gilcrease members; $175 for non-members.

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This year, painter Greg Beecham and sculptor Ross Matteson are the featured artists at the 2014 Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale. Both artists will be inducted into the Rendezvous Hall of Fame. Rendezvous will open on April 10 and continue through July 13, 2014. Both artists will have new works to offer buyers and collectors as well as numerous artworks depicting a retrospective of their careers.


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Battle for Occupied America

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eld at the home of one of the world’s largest paintball events, Red Dawn is an intense scenario paintball event. No matter your skill level, from first-time scenario player to die-hard scenario veteran, there’s a place for you in the epic Oklahoma Red Dawn Paintball Event, held at D-Day Adventure Park in Wyandotte on April 12-13. This is a two-day paintball scenario featuring missions inspired by the classic 1984 movie and set against the alternate historical backdrop of a Communist invaded and occupied America at the outbreak of the fictional WWIII.

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The event features full and rich WWIII storylines and battles. Fight with the Wolverines as they face down the Red Storm deep behind enemy lines, or serve with the elite Soviet Special Forces and hunt them down. Whichever side you choose, you can expect a great scenario paintball experience. From live convoy ambushes and Soviet versus American land battles, to meticulously detailed missions built around events detailed in the film, nothing compares to the game waiting for you at Red Dawn.

This annual barbecue competition officially kicks off after the annual Azalea Festival Parade, held April 12. Enjoy the music and parade floats at the Azalea Festival, and then head over to this chili cook-off for plenty of finger-lickin’ fun. Come hungry and sample dishes from each cooking category. Categories include chili, baked beans, beef brisket, chicken, pork spare ribs and hot links. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites and then see which competitor takes the crown of People’s Choice winner.

Entry fee is $45 for weekend play. Games begin at 10 a.m. on April 12. Register online at ddaypark.com.

A variety of concessions will be available, as well as an area designed specifically for children. The festival’s kids’ zone will feature food, inflatables, face painting, clowns, pony rides, camel rides and more. Don’t miss the festival’s Crowd Pleasin’ Showmanship Competition for a wide variety of barbecue-inspired entertainment performed live.


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Cherokee National Museum (Tahlequah) Definitely one of the best museums in Oklahoma and the best tribal museum I’ve ever visited. It’s a living museum and hub of cultural events—classes, gospel sings, storytelling and honoring dinners. The place is alive. The genealogy department is the single best place in the world to trace your Cherokee ancestry. They have a turn-of-the-century town complete with Cherokee farm animals. Rocklahoma (Pryor) One of the premier rock festivals every year in the United States. I’ve been going for four years. The lineup has changed it’s format over the past couple of years but it has enabled younger generations to come to love rock music. You don’t have to worry about driving before or after the show if you camp or stay at the park. There are shows going on all night. Pawnee Bill Museum Ranch (Pawnee) Eclectic, fully-furnished 1910 mansion of wild west showman Gordon W. Lillie, known as Pawnee Bill, promoter of Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show all over the world from 1888-1913. Guided tours are available, or visitors can tour the museum and outbuildings at their own leisure. A herd of buffalo, longhorn cattle and horses roam freely. There is also picnic facilities, a gift shop and children’s play area. Fee charged for group or special, non-routine tour.

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othing compares to the nostalgia of Route 66. Also known lovingly as the Mother Road and America’s Highway, Route 66 holds a permanent place within the pages of Oklahoma history. Explore this fascinating chapter of Oklahoma’s story by traveling through charming small towns full of friendly faces and unexpected places. There’s no better way to experience the lore of yesteryear than with a road trip starting where the highway enters Oklahoma in the northeast. Roll down the windows, feel the fresh breeze in your hair, venture down the sundrenched highway and see where the road takes you.

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ou can’t miss this Route 66 landmark with its giant yellow fiberglass cuckoo bird advertising delicious fare. This burger joint has had decades to perfect the art of making topnotch hamburgers served up with a side of crispy fries. The last remaining Ku-Ku Burger is holding strong in Miami, where locals and travelers still stop in to refill their tank.

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hile you’re cruising down Route 66, be sure to stop at the Route 66 Vintage The Miami landmark began as a Vaudeville Iron Motorcycle Museum in Miami. movie theater built by George L. Coleman Sr. The The museum includes a 2,000-square foot exterior architecture is Spanish Mission Revival, motorcycle and Route 66 gift shop and is home and terra cotta gargoyles and other hand-carved figures adorn the to an incredible collection of motorcycles and building facade. The elegant Louis XV interior includes gold leaf trim, memorabilia. An ever-growing Evel Knievel silk damask panels, stained glass panels, a carved mahogany staircase, a memorabilia collection has been added and 2,000 pound chandelier, decorative plaster moldings and railings. includes Evel’s Snake River Canyon jump mission control super van. There are over 40 vintage motorcycles on display at The beautiful theater was donated to the city of Miami by the Coleman the museum, including a 1917 Harley Davidson, 1949 Indian Scout, family in 1989. Over the years the Coleman Theatre has been renovated 1949 AJS, 1957 Ariel and two world record jump bikes (1972 Yamaha and is every bit as beautiful as it was in 1929. A highlight of the and 2004 Honda) and many more. The museum also houses the largest building is the original pipe organ, called “The Mighty Wurlitzer,” vintage motorcycle photo collection in the country. Hundreds of which continues to fill the beautiful theater with terrific music today. other artifacts are also on display, including a wall covered in vintage The theater presents a variety of exceptional entertainment year-round. helmets. Entertainment at the theater includes ballet, opera, silent films, jazz and dance bands as well as community pageants and events.


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ou won’t be able to miss Totem Pole Park in Foyil. Measuring 90 feet tall, this Route 66 icon is the world’s largest concrete totem pole and was constructed over a number of years beginning in 1937 by Ed Galloway as a tribute to the American Indian. A number of smaller totem poles and an 11-sided fiddle house are also located within the park that houses a display of Galloway’s hand-crafted fiddles and other inlaid wood artifacts. Roadside tables supported by small concrete totems invite travelers to picnic in the shadow of the large totem pole.

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f Route 66 is the Mother Road, then the Blue Whale in Catoosa is the jovial kid brother complete with silly baseball hat and wide tooth grin. Little is more recognizable as classic Americana than this Route 66 staple. Once built as a water attraction where children from all over flocked to swim, the Blue Whale is now better known for photo ops. Though swimming is not allowed anymore, fishing and picnicking are more than welcome.

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short jog off Route 66 in Afton, visitors are invited to check out 50 exotic vehicles. Take a break from the road, stretch your legs and check out the flashy exteriors of these custom creations. In addition to the vehicles, the museum is covered ceiling-to-floor with thousands of photos and other car memorabilia. This museum is a must-see for any car lover in your group.

children’s area or browse through Rogers’ artifacts, memorabilia, saddle collection and the 2,400-square foot research library and archives. Classic Rogers movies also play in the museum daily. The site of the museum was originally acquired by Rogers to build a retirement home and was donated by his family after his passing. The grounds contain the tomb of Rogers chiseled with his famous quotation: “I never met a man I didn’t like.” The museum also contains a gift shop with books, CDs, videos, art and scores of souvenir items.


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Dining Experiences Worth Devouring

$: Under $15 $$: $15-$25 $$$: $25-$50 $$$$: Over $50 The following is a select list of restaurants in the Tulsa and Green Country area. Baker St. Pub & Grill

A unique spin on the English hangout with a flair for Shepherd’s Pie. Hearty meals in a fun-filled atmosphere. Watch sports while enjoying burgers, nachos, fish and chips and more than 200 distinctive beers.

www.bakerstreetpub.com; 6620 S. Memorial, Tulsa; 918.286.2227 $

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Baxter’s Interurban Grill

Quiet, casual and relaxing atmosphere that also doubles as a place to have fun while enjoying a great meal. Menu features a variety of American cuisine, traditional fare and signature dishes.

www.baxtersgrill.com; 717 S. Houston, Tulsa; 918.585.3134 $

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From fresh salads to oven baked grinders and pizzas, their menu is extensive and features the traditional dishes that make Italian cuisine famous.

www.bellacinostulsa.com; 9521 S. Riverside Drive, Tulsa; 918.299.4433 $

Billy Sims Barbecue

Traditional slow smoked BBQ eats in portions such as Sooner Magic, The Option, The Wishbone, Smoked Jayhawk and the Bevo Plate. Twelve locations in the Tulsa and Green Country area.

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Billy’s on the Square

A Tulsa tradition since 1984 for great food and great lunch time fun. Located inside the historic May Building. Whether you just need a quick bite to eat, need a carry out order for everyone at the office or need a place to have a party to get the whole gang together, Billy’s has you covered.

www.billysonthesquare.com; 5th and Main, Tulsa; 918.583.8703 $

Bluestone Steak House & Seafood

Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, Bluestone offers friendly service and gourmet quality food. Dinner menu includes steak, bone-in pork chop, chicken fried chicken, shrimp scampi pasta and bar-bqued salmon.

www.bluestonesteakhouse.com; 10032 S. Sheridan Road; 918.296.9889 $$-$$$

Brownie’s Hamburgers

Churning out burgers for nearly 60 years, the 1950’s décor only adds to the friendly

service, choice eats and frosty root beer. Hand-battered onion strings and freedom fries are the perfect side dishes.

www.brownies-hamburgers.com; 2130 S. Harvard, Tulsa; 918.744.0320 $

gets it done with old-water lobster tail, steaks and cast-iron skillet fried chicken. Great spot for a casual meal or special occasion. www.celebritytulsa.com; 3109

S. Yale, Tulsa; 918.743.1800 $$

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Chimi’s

www.cafeolebrookside.com; 3509 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa; 918.745.6699 $

918.587.4411 $

Serving Southwest cuisine for 30 years. Dine on Mexican salads, inventive side dishes including jalapeno cornbread and traditional tacos that include shredded beef, chicken, pork or veggies.

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

Located inside the Embassy Suites, choose from hand-cut steaks, grilled salmon, crab cakes, grilled corn on the cob and an extensive wine selection.

www.tulsa.embassysuites.com, 3332 S. 79th E. Ave., Tulsa; 918.622.4000 $$

Caz’s Chowhouse

Menu reflects a wide variety of comfort foods including salads (house, garden, Santa Fe and Cobb), burgers, catfish, pork sliders, the Great Cazbah (grilled cheese with Jalapeno bacon and tomato), meatloaf, chicken fried steak and a slew of sides.

www.cazschowhouse.com; 18 E. Brady, Tulsa; 918.588.2469 $

Caz’s Pub

Not just an ordinary bar located in the heart of the Brady Art District of downtown Tulsa. Great casual eatery offering delicious fare, drink specials and plenty of tunes piping out of the jukebox. www.cazspub.com; 21 E.

Brady, Tulsa; 918.585.8587 $

Celebrity Restaurant

Known for their award-winning Caesar salad, this nearly 50-year-old establishment

Palace Café

For over 30 years, has been serving generation after generation of the greater Tulsa community with some of the freshest authentic Mexican food this side of the border. And if you dare, ask the waiter to “Diablo style” your meal. www.chimismexican.com;

Compadres Mexican Grill

Affordably priced meals in a laid back family atmosphere. Menu includes all the staples you would expect to find (tacos, enchiladas and fajitas) with tasty twists on tradition in carne asada, pollo loco and chimichanga dishes. Three locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso.

www.compadresgrill.com; 918.574.2667 $

Cork Wine Café

Casual atmosphere with unique choices of entrees including orange chicken, double pork chops, seasoned meats, fish and chips and even crème brulee for desert. Even when busy doesn’t appear overcrowded.

8922 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa; 918.615.3383 $$

Dave and Buster’s

Menu that combines fun with flavor on dishes like chicken and waffles, baconwrapped beef medallions and the chicken goldfingers. Work the food off on their Million Dollar Midway offering hundreds of games for the young and young at heart.

www.daveandbusters.com; 6812 S. 105th E. Ave., Tulsa; 918.449.3100 $

Located on the edge of the Cherry Street District, Palace Café offers brunch, lunch and dinner with a wealth of dining choices from roast chicken roulade, scallop linguini and braised beef short rib to lobster ravioli, smoked pork tenderloin and a short rib burger. At lunch tap into your inner child with a grilled cheese deluxe made with house focaccia, mozzarella and lomah dairy cheddar and layered with maple bacon and sliced tomato. Red and white wines are served by the glass or bottle. www.palacetulsa.com; 1301 E. 15th St., Tulsa; 918.582.4321 $-$$


Pick Your Palate Doc’s Wine and Food

Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, check out the creole scramble, eggs nola (with blue swimmer crab cakes and poached eggs), shrimp and grits, bourbon glazed duck, sea scallops and the hangover burger. And if the burger doesn’t do the trick, Doc’s has plenty of other cures including a memosa, bloody mary and sangria.

www.docswineandfood.com; 3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa; 918.949.3663 $$

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www.firstwatch.com; 8104 E. 68th Street, Tulsa; 918.610.3447 $

French Hen Bistro & Wine Bar

Not easy to find, but worth the effort. Catering to diners looking for something exceptional for over 30 years, the menu includes prime meats, Colorado lamb, fresh fish, unique sauces, soups, cheesecakes and bread pudding.

www.frenchhentulsa.net; 7143 S. Yale, Tulsa; 918.492.2596 $$$

Fuji Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar

With two locations in the Tulsa area, partake in over 38 years of dining experience with tempura, California rolls, calamari, cream cheese wantons, spicy tuna, toro and a crowd favorite ninja roll.

www.fujitulsa.com, 918.794.4448 $$

Full Moon Café

Serving up favorites like tortilla soup, fresh-ground hamburgers, crisp salads and chicken margarita, Full Moon Cafe also offers some of Oklahoma’s finest music at night including a live band karaoke.

www.eatfullmoon.com; 1525 E. 15th St., Tulsa; 918.583.6666; 411 W. Stone Wood Dr., Broken Arrow; 918.994.6363 $

The Gaucho

Taking the ordinary out of a steak dinner, this Brazilian restaurant balances upscale décor with a casual atmosphere and main courses prepared on a slow-roasting rotisserie and delivered to tables in what seems like an endless stream of servers offering delectable cuts of meats, shrimp and pineapple. www.gauchotulsa.com;

6219 E. 61st, Tulsa; 918.494.0042 $$-$$$

Harden’s

Preparation is the rule when it comes to Harden’s hamburgers. It starts with cutting the onions with a razor blade and keeping the buns a little greasy. Everything is fresh and homemade, from the cole slaw to the cobbler. www.thehamburgerstore.com;

432 S. Sheridan, Tulsa; 918.834.2558 $

The Hen

Called “the Hen’s naughty little sister in Brookside” by the owner, this lively restaurant offers fried oysters, wedge salads, veal meatloaf, cedar plank salmon, beef tenderloin, grilled duck and a great cinnamon roll bread pudding.

www.thehenbistro.com; 3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa; 918.935.3420 $$$

Hey Mambo

Located in the Brady Arts District, Hey Mambo is a true brick oven Italian restaurant and wine bar where the control

of the dining experience is placed firmly in your hands. Their mission is to provide delicious cuisine with charming and timely service in a modern and vibrant atmosphere. Dishes include chicken scallopini, a’gnello alla montanara, pescatora, pasta el sol, linguini carbonara and pizza. www.heymambo.com; 114 N.

Boston, Tulsa; 918.508.7000 $-$$

Hooters

The menu includes hamburgers and other sandwiches, steaks, seafood entrees, appetizers, and the restaurant’s specialty, chicken wings. At the Tulsa location, enjoy all-you-can-eat wings every Monday night after 6 p.m. www.hooters.com; 8108 E.

61st, Tulsa; 918.250.4668 $

In The Raw

Sushi with a pulse. In the Raw sushi features traditional and nouveau sushi, sashimi and nigiri creations in addition to a full menu of cooked cuisine. In the Raw sushi has earned awards for the Best Sushi in Tulsa every year since 2001. Two Tulsa locations plus inside the BOK Center.

www.intherawtulsa.com; 34th and Peoria, Tulsa; 918.744.1300 $$

Incredible Pizza

All-you-can-eat buffet with over 30 varieties of pizza, baked potato bar, homemade soups, pastas, salad bar and a plethora of desert options. The entertainment offerings

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The staff begins each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order and no heat lamps or deep fryers are used. Sit down to a pot of coffee and a complimentary newspaper in either of the Tulsa locations.

Each dish is prepared to order using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. From their famous lettuce wraps and dumplings to kung pao chicken and pad Thai, balance and simplicity are hallmarks of the Utica Square staple, while explosive flavors in such tiny packages are part of the popular modern take on the reverent Asian cuisine. At P.F. Chang’s guests are surrounded by a unique environment combining influences of Chinese and American cultures. A panoramic, hand-painted mural depicting 12th century China, is visible from the main dining room and commands attention as the restaurant’s centerpiece, while several terra-cotta warriors stand guard. www.pfchangs.com; 1978 E. 21st St., Tulsa; 918.747.6555 $-$$

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Dining Experiences Worth Devouring include glow-in-the-dark mini golf, go-karts, XD theatre, bumper cars, over 100 video games and a jump zone.

www.incrediblepizza.com; 8314 E. 71st Street, Tulsa; 918.294.8671 $

Jason’s Deli

No artificial trans fats or high fructose corn syrup used to prepare their offerings. The salad bar is enhanced with organic choices and the Reuben is one of the best. Don’t see what you want? Invent your own sandwich on the go. Two Tulsa locations.

www.jasonsdeli.com; 1330 E. 15th Street, Tulsa; 918.599.7777 $

www.junipertulsa.com; 324 E. 3rd Street, Tulsa; 918.794.1090 $$

Keo

Offering dishes from a variety of countries in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia, all made to order using fresh ingredients prepared in traditional manners and served in a fullservice atmosphere. Located in Brookside and south Tulsa.

www.keorestaurant.com; 3524 S. Peoria, Tulsa; 918.794.8200 $

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

A destination for travelers and a gathering place for friends, this Midtown mainstay has one of the largest menus in the area and a unique collection of beers, fine liquors and wines. With a full menu of traditional Irish favorites, Kilkenny’s is known for its boxty, a traditional Irish dish consisting of a grilled potato pancake stuffed with your choice of homemade fillings. Another popular dish is the King’s River fish and chips. For those late nighters with the munchies, the pub serves food until 1 a.m.

www.tulsairishpub.com; 1413 E. 15th St., Tulsa; 918.582.8282 $-$$

Leon’s

Join them on game days with over 25 TVs to watch your game from any seat in the

Maxxwell’s

Serving your favorites with a twist on historic Route 66. Located in the historic Campbell Hotel, Maxxwell’s offers a wide menu from sweet potato tater tots and calamari to a pesto-rubbed veggie sandwich, blackened fish tacos and prime rib. www.thecampbellhotel.com; 2636

E. 11th Street, Tulsa; 918.748.5500 $$

Mazzios

Network of fast-casual Italian food restaurants offering award-winning pizzas, made-to-order pastas, hot toasted sandwiches, fresh specialty salads, appetizers and desserts. Call for delivery or visit dine-in locations. www.mazzios.com;

918.664.444 $

Mexicali Border Café

Serving authentic Mexican cuisine since 1987, Mexicali offers a full menu with quesadillas, appetizers, fresh salads, soups, fajitas and specialty plates.

www.mexicalibordercafe.com; 14 W. Brady, Tulsa; 918.582.3383 $

Molly’s Landing

Converted log cabin in Catoosa provides one of the most unique dining experiences in the area. While waiting on one of their succulent steaks, quail or seafood dishes challenge a friend to a showdown on the outdoor chess game.

www.mollyslanding.com; 3700 N. Highway 66, Catoosa; 918.266.7853 $$$

Nelson’s Buffeteria

Serving Tulsa since 1929 with a cafeteriastyle approach, you’ll find all the staples of a good breakfast or lunch including meatloaf, roasted chicken, ribs, beans and some of the best chicken fried steak you’ll ever eat.

www.nelsonsbuffeteria.com; 4401 S. Memorial, Tulsa; 918.236.4655 $

Pancho’s

Buffet-style Mexican restaurant offering tacos, enchiladas and sopapillas. Raise the flag when the plate gets empty. 7819 E.

Admiral Place, Tulsa; 918.834.6635 $

Polo Grill

The menu changes seasonally and is carefully prepared by an experienced culinary team that chooses selections to take advantage of the availability of fresh

www.pologrill.com; 2038 Utica Square, Tulsa; 918.744.4280 $$$

Prhyme

Features classic cuts of beef, such as the rib eye, NY strip and filet mignon that is raised and finished in several ways, like grass fed and grain fed prime beef. Seasonal seafood, Australian lamb chops, artistically plated appetizers, classic caviar service and delectable desserts are just some of the tempting tastes also available.

www.prhymetulsa.com; 111 N. Main Street, Tulsa; 918.794.7700 $$$

Ricardos

From Chile Relleno and chalupas to a tempting array of chicken quesadillas, beef fajitas and burritos, it’s where the locals go.

www.ricardostulsa.com; 5629 E. 41st Street, Tulsa; 918.622.2668 $

Rio Restaurant and Bar

Formerly Casa Bonita. 918.728.3343 $

Royal Dragon Buffet

Try their salad bar featuring crab legs and various delicious meats.

www.royaldragonbuffet.com; 918.664.2245 $

S&J Oyster Bar & Seafood Café

Family friendly joint that can be the perfect place to experience the true flair and spice of Cajun and New Orleans culture. Specialties include étouffée, crawfish pie, crab cake, feta salmon salad, catfish, clams and fried calamari. www.sjoyster.com;

308 E. 1st St., Tulsa; 918.938.7933 $

Shiloh’s

Homemade hot rolls made them famous, but grandma-style cooking keeps them coming back. Make sure you ask for some strawberry rhubarb jam.

www.shilohsrestaurant.com; 2604 N. Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow; 918.254.1500 $

Shogun Steak House of Japan

Traditional Japanese hibachi steakhouse where your meal is prepared fresh right before your eyes by showman chefs. Menu includes shrimp, steaks, chicken breast and fresh vegetables grilled to perfection.

www.shoguntulsa.com; 6808 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa; 918.254.2134 $$

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Focuses on providing the freshest, local products prepared simply and beautifully. Using hand-selected items sourced from Green Country, Juniper’s menu evolves with the changing seasons, allowing the staff to introduce new and exciting plates with Italian, French, Spanish and American influences. The bar at Juniper focuses on innovation in mixology, utilizing infused vodkas, gins and flavored bitters. Experience Juniper for a gourmet lunch, handmade cocktails or a delicious dinner with friends and family.

Peoria Ave., Tulsa; 918.933.5366 $

meats and produce. Award-winning dishes are complemented by an extensive wine list. Polo Grill has been recognized for its achievements countless times on local, regional and national levels.

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house. Voted Tulsa’s best sports bar many times. www.eatatleons.com; 3301 S.

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Pick Your Palate Smoke on Cherry Street

Committed to offering a unique and locally centered dining experience, Smoke offers quality food, unique daily specials and a constantly updated menu. Enjoy the comfort, weekly live music and ventilated cigar lounge.

www.smoketulsa.com; 1542 E. 15th Street, Tulsa; 918.949.4440 $$$

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New World inspired wine list with over 100 available by the glass. In a backward twist the food, including California-style pizzas, was conceived to complement the wine. www.sonomatulsa.com; 3523 S.

Peoria Ave., Tulsa; 918.747.9463 $

Spaghetti Warehouse

Serves up hearty Italian favorites in a rustic and casual atmosphere. Diners are drawn in by the warm, fresh bread and garlic butter but they stay for Italian favorites like 15-layer lasagna and spaghetti with meatballs. The fare is indulgent and the atmosphere unique at The Spaghetti Warehouse. Enjoy dishes made from scratch and unique items from behind the bar like the Italian wedding cake martini.

www.40meatballs.com; 221 E. Brady, Tulsa; 918.587.4440 $-$$

Speedy Gonzalez

This local favorite pays homage to Mexico’s bold colors and flavors with its authentic creations and large portions. Chips are made fresh and are endless. Good food (try the shredded pork tacos) at a reasonable price. 2601 S. Memorial

Drive, Tulsa; 918.836.0960 $

Sushi Alley

Specializes in sushi, the Japanese grill and various cold salads. There are no fried foods and each course is prepared to order, course by course. These are all small plates that can be eaten with chop sticks and all of their dishes have suggested pairings of beer, wine and sake.

www.sushialleytulsa.com; 1730 Utica Square, Tulsa; 918.592.5539 $

Tavolo

Focusing on fresh, healthy, authentic Italian, the menu features modern, innovative plates. Tavolo offers both lunch and dinner options, along with an extensive wine list and traditional Italian desserts. Tavolo is fitting of what most people imagine an upscale, intimate, big-city Italian restaurant to be. The bottom floor has a casual feel at the bar and a cozy, romantic ambiance at the tables. The newly built second floor

Infuzion Ultra Lounge & Bistro

Unwind from your day and relax during piano bar hours and take in the classic music styling of their baby grand piano and hand-crafted artisan cocktails. After enjoying a cocktail, let Infuzion’s executive chef and specialty staff create a one-of-a-kind dining experience offering a wide variety of menu items that are aimed to please and guaranteed to be unforgettable. Each dish is created fresh daily in their state-of-theart kitchen. Be sure to pair your dinner with one of their fine wines for a superior dining experience. Thursday through Saturday, Infuzion features live entertainment with rock, country and jazz bands; DJs; and acoustic music. www.infuziontulsa.com; 101st and Mingo, Tulsa; 918.806.8400 $ has a beautiful view of Boston Avenue thru floor-to-ceiling windows.

www.tavolotulsa.com; 427 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa; 918.949.4498 $$

Te Kei’s

Combines traditional Asian flavors with the freshest ingredients. Their large appetizer menu features lettuce wraps, calamari, spicy crab cakes, edamame, Korean tacos and coconut chicken tenders. Te Kei’s has several specialty items including their own recipe for chicken noodle soup, Thai chicken salad, Mongolian beef and Pearl’s lemon chicken. They also offer rice and noodle bowls, seafood and steak specialties as well as sushi rolls. Complete your meal at Te Kei’s in Tulsa with one of their decadent desserts complemented with a drink from their extensive wine list.

www.tekeis.com; 1616 S. Utica, Tulsa; 918.382.7777 $$

Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano

Fine dining at an affordable price. Ti Amo has been welcoming diners since 1989 to experience the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean in an elegant, hospitable atmosphere. The creations include tender pastas, rustic spices and choice meats grilled to perfection. Open for lunch and dinner at three locations.

www.tiamotulsa.com; 6024-A S. Sheridan, Tulsa; 918.499.1919 $$

Twin Peaks

Serving up made-from-scratch man food, 29-degree draft beer and every big game on 40 man-size HD flat screens. All of this

served by friendly and attentive Twin Peaks girls, offering their signature girl-next-door playful personalities.

www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com; 7007 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa; 918.250.0700 $

Villa Ravenna

Italian owned and operated with an extensive menu, specials and a great wine selection. Specializing in homemade pastas, seafood, wild game and meats.

www.villaravenna.com; 6526 A East 51st St., Tulsa; 918.270.2666 $$$

Western Sizzlin

Family style steakhouse that in addition to great steaks offers a variety of other tasty entrees like chicken, seafood, country vegetables and hot fresh baked breads and desserts.

www.western-sizzlin.com; 6510 E. 21st Street, Tulsa; 918.835.8442 $

Yasaka

This Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurant offers a wide variety menu that includes sushi, steak, seafood and so much more. www.yasaka71tulsa.com; 9205

E. 71st, Tulsa; 918.249.0009 $$

Zio’s Italian Kitchen

Casual and comfortable, open-air Italian piazza atmosphere designed to provide a fun and entertaining place for parties, informal get-togethers, and evenings out with family and friends.

www.zios.com; 7111 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa; 918.252.128 $


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April 2014 (Vol. 27, No. 4)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. Preview Magazine (Tulsa and Green Country) For over 27 years, Preview Magazine has been the b...

April 2014 (Vol. 27, No. 4)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. Preview Magazine (Tulsa and Green Country) For over 27 years, Preview Magazine has been the b...